Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Christmas' Silent Vigil

We wait in silent anticipation for Christ's coming. And how does He come? He comes to us in the most unexpected way. Not only did He come in a cave in poverty. Now He comes to our hearts, especially to those whose hearts are poor in spirit (Luke 6:20). The poor babe of Bethlehem is most at home in the heart of those who are poor. We are astonished that He comes at all because what we have to offer is as meager as that cave so long ago where He was first seen. But we are even more astounded that He comes to us who have so often found no room in our inn. However, this is exactly where He wants to be--in the very poverty of our hearts which seem the most unprepared for a King. This is why we wait with expectation; He has come and He will come. May we prepare our poor hearts by faithfully waiting for Him in the awesome silence that greets us this very night.

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Joseph Mohr, 1818

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